Signal Processing, Hardware
BRICASTI DESIGN M7 STEREO REVERB
The first in a series of products from Bricasti Design, the M7 uses the latest-generation ADI DSPs to create a world-class stereo reverb. It features dual dedicated power supplies, AES/EBU digital I/O, network control and internal 192kHz sampling to create the lush and complex overtones necessary for truly believable, encompassing reverb. See us at AES and hear how far reverb processing has truly come. AES booth: #263.
BUZZ AUDIO RESONANCE EQUALIZER MODEL REQ-2.2
The Resonance Equalizer gets its name from using real switched inductors and capacitors as the reactive elements in the EQ, resulting in natural resonance and a simply delectable sound. The REQ-2.2 boasts four parametric bands and a unique variable transformer saturation circuit that introduces varying amounts of LF color in the form of harmonic distortion for subtle but effective lifting of lows without the usual volume increase. A passive choke-based HP filter completes the picture. Price: $5,000. AES booth: #1148.
BUZZ AUDIO DUAL-COMPRESSOR SYSTEM MODEL DCS-2.2
Model DCS-2.2 is a high-end compressor featuring two different compressor types in one unit with one channel of hard-knee FET-based compression and one channel of softer opto-compression. Routing switches let users enable the two types individually, in series or in parallel, and a Blend control mixes between uncompressed and compressed signals, or blend between the two compressors. Other features include a switchable insert point, transformer saturation, LED metering, a sidechain frequency response tilt control and stereo linking to a second DCS. Price: $3,000. AES booth: #1148.
CEDAR CAMBRIDGE VERSION 2.5
CEDAR Cambridge Version 2.5 is a significant upgrade for all CEDAR Cambridge systems. It incorporates two new processes—Auto Dehiss and Declickle 2—and many improvements to the user interface and automation system. All existing CEDAR Cambridge systems can be upgraded. The host system upgrade is free of charge to all users, and Declickle 2 is free of charge to all registered owners of the original Declickle process. Preferential upgrades to Auto-Dehiss are also available. AES booth: #450.
The S3 stereo 3-band optical compressor incorporates the very latest in Ivor Drawmer’s designs. The aim from the very beginning was to create a “no technical compromise” circuit using only the highest-grade components. The S3 forms the basis of a Signature Series and offers previously unattainable control and tonality over each of the three bands, and gain control at each stage offers precise spectral balancing. AES booth: #850.
The Drawmer Three-Sum analog split/sum device opens up a whole new set of options, allowing the engineer to split the audio into two or three bands and apply his or her own sonic signature to each part of the audio bandwidth. AES booth: #850.
D.W. FEARN VT-7
D.W. Fearn will display its new VT-7 stereo vacuum tube compressor, featuring an all-tube audio path, stereo linking and the sound that has made our other products famous. We will also show the VT-2 dual-channel vacuum tube microphone preamplifier and the VT-4 vacuum tube LC equalizer. AES booth: #864.
ELECTRO-HARMONIX POLYPHONIC OCTAVE GENERATOR (POG)
Add one octave up, two octaves up and one octave down from your original guitar signal and blend them all together—plus it works on chords! Want your guitar to sounds like a 12-string? The POG can do it—or even make it sound like an 18-string. The POG also lets you detune either or both of the up octaves, and it can process any musical source. Destined to be a legendary EH classic. AES booth: #1248.
EMPIRICAL LABS LIL FREQ UPDATE
The 2005 TEC Award–nominated Lil FrEQ dynamic equalizer model EL-Q is in full production for AES, and now features a clever 1073 Emulation mode in addition to its 4-band parametric/8-section EQ. Including an electronically balanced transformerless output and a super-fat old-school transformer output, the Lil FrEQ can be used for corrective EQ and/or colored EQ as situations or tastes merit. AES booth: #436.
Dist. by Wave Distribution
The H7600 is Eventide’s most powerful stereo effects processor to date. The H7600 features a 174-second sampler and refinements from the H8000 operating system, including the powerful sorting capability. The H7600 features the stereo algorithms from the flagship H8000FW and carries forward the best effects from previous generations of Eventide processors, including our entire collection of stereo post-production effects. The H7600 offers two channels of analog I/O, AES/EBU, S/PDIF and word clock I/O. Price: $4,995. AES booth: #318.
The H8000FW now includes FireWire for direct high-speed connection to your computer. Featuring Eventide’s best 1,588 preset algorithms and the expanded analog of the H8000A, combined with the full digital complement of the H8000 and FireWire, the H8000FW offers Monolithic Tandem, allowing both processors to operate together, facilitating large complex algorithms including 5.1 reverb and effects up to 96 kHz. The H8000FW offers four channels of analog I/O, eight channels of AES/EBU, ADAT, S/PDIF, FireWire and word clock I/O. Price: $5,995. AES booth: #318.
GREAT RIVER MEQ-1NV
The new MEQ-1NV is the Great River channel strip—all-Class-A, discrete, incredibly versatile. The EQ section, an EQ-1NV (4-band, true inductor/capacitor, parametric), is routed via the insert jack on the ME-1NV (two-gain-stage, dual-meter, ’70s British-style mic pre). This configuration allows a wide range of gain effects—you can hit the EQ L/C sections slightly harder for subtle harmonic possibilities or use less first-stage gain with more second-stage gain for very clean-sounding results. Retail: $2,650. AES booth: #1136.
MARTINSOUND MARTECH MSS-01 DI
Martech Direct Inject Interface with active and passive signal paths, low-impedance output and ground lift switch. Price: $595. AES booth: #1146.
OLD SCHOOL AUDIO I.G.M. COMPRESSOR
This new compressor features optional input and output transformers and is linkable to eight units for 7.1 surround capability. The VCA-based I.G.M. compressor is compatible with the current Old School Audio mounting frame or any API 500 Series–compatible frame. Price: $995. AES booth: #1148.
RADIAL ENGINEERING PROD2
This high-quality, ultra-compact, stereo passive direct box features two custom-made transformers capable of handling high levels without saturation and exhibiting exceptionally linear frequency response from 20 to 18k Hz. The ProD2 features a -15dB pad for high-output sources and ground lift switch. Designed for stereo keyboards, DJ equipment and consumer audio devices. It’s housed in a rugged, 14-gauge steel enclosure with a bookend-designed outer shell that prevents damage to the switches. List: $150. AES booth: #1218.
ROLL MUSIC SUPER STEREO LIMITER COMPRESSOR
The Super Stereo compressor has been designed specifically for stereo mix applications. The unit is 1RU high and has a single set of controls for true stereo application. It features a switchable highpass filter on the sidechain, along with attack and release controls, including an option to employ program-dependent release. “It has a short, clean signal path and the kind of smoothly aggressive response my customer was asking for to use on his stereo bus,” says designer Jason Morse. AES booth: #1151.
RUPERT NEVE DESIGNS PORTICO 5042 TAPE EMULATOR AND LINE DRIVER
The Portico™ 5042 provides a remarkable simulation of true tape sound through the inclusion of genuine tape drive circuitry. The 5042’s 2-channel “True Tape” and line driver’s tape-emulation circuit provides the nostalgic rounding and compression usually only achieved by the use of actual tape. This effectively offsets the harshness often found in digital recordings. When the Tape circuit is not engaged, the 5042 can be used as a full transformer-coupled, high-performance line amplifier. AES booth: #841.
RUPERT NEVE DESIGNS PORTICO 5043 COMPRESSOR/LIMITER DUO
The Portico 5043 is a 2-channel compressor featuring a discrete main signal path. In addition to controls for threshold, ratio, attack, release and gain make-up, the 5043 offers a choice of feed-forward or feedback control capable of yielding unobtrusive musical-sounding dynamics and brick-wall limiting. The Portico 5043 can link both internal control lines or multiple additional 5043s, enabling one of them to serve as master. The Portico 5043 includes both line and mixing bus inputs. AES booth: #841.
SSL XLOGIC DYNAMICS RACK
SSL’s new XLogic Dynamics Rack provides up to eight SSL XL 9000 channel dynamics processors in a modular 4U X-rack format. In addition to this renowned dynamics processing, the X-rack also houses a Total Recall processor. This feature allows a complete snapshot of the dynamics settings in local memory stores. This makes the unit invaluable for live applications. This recall capability also integrates with the SSL AWS900 console, allowing saves to and from a partner DAW. Price: $2,000 to $7,800. AES booth: #801.
SUMMIT FEQ-50 PASSIVE EQ
The FeQ-50 is a 4-band parametric passive EQ. Each band has six selectable frequencies and ±14 dB of sweepable cut/boost. The LF/HF bands peak/shelving-switchable; the mid bands can switch between narrow and wide bandwidths. Also included is a switchable 30Hz, 6dB/octave highpass filter to reduce rumble. I/O includes a total of four simultaneous outputs: -10dB/+4dB vacuum tube out and -10dB/+4dB solid-state out. AES booth: #263.
TC-Helicon introduces VoicePro, the most technologically advanced voice processing unit on the market today. A combination of proprietary voice processing algorithms developed through years of human voice research and a voice-optimized compilation of essential vocal effects including classic TC algorithms, VoicePro delivers limitless vocal sounds for music, game, post and commercial audio designer/producers. Price: $3,495. AES booth: #3D06.
New Paul Wolff–designed Tonelux modules include the CR2 control room monitor with four external stereo inputs and an internal stereo mix bus. It has an all-discrete signal path for superb sonic quality. The TB1 talkback module and TR8 bus assign modules allow for a totally modular console solution in a minimum of space. Speaking of consoles, Tonelux will introduce a complete modular console with fader automation in a compact package, designed to interface seamlessly with any DAW. AES booth: #436.
Dist. by Wave Distribution
The APA44-M is a hardware accelerator that lets users run multiples of Waves’ most CPU-demanding plug-ins. The APA44-M is a half-rack unit that features nearly silent operation and is connected to the host computer via a standard Ethernet port. Up to eight units can be used together with an Ethernet switch. The units can also be shared among several DAW workstations via a suitable V-LAN configuration, with each workstation accessing up to eight APA units. Price: $2,400.
MaxxBCL combines three of Waves’ well-known audio processors in a sturdy 2U rackmount configuration: MaxxBass Enhancer, Renaissance Compressor and L2 Ultramaximizer Limiter. All processing is performed in a 48-bit end-to-end path. MaxxBass uses psychoacoustic principles to generate harmonics that add bass sound without adding bass frequencies, improving bass without requiring additional power or subwoofers. Renaissance Compressor offers classic compressor warmth, while the renowned L2 Ultramaximizer Limiter offers a dramatic increase in perceived level. Price: $3,200.
In cooperation with the Pure Notes Company, Weiss has developed a state-of-the-art digital de-noiser/de-clicker/de-crackler and K-stereo ambience regenerator unit. Estimated MSRP: $8,900. AES booth: #847.